My Favorite New(?) Language, Shilgne

Was sitting around with my boys, aged 10 and 11. And we were having one of our usual elaborately fantastic conversations. (A new favorite: Is Origami Yoda real or just a figment of Dwight's imagination?)

Today's conversation went in the other direction, namely backward. Which is how we came up with a potentially new way to communicate, Shilgne. Which looks a little something like this:

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Photoshop reflection gone wrong

Last week, I posted a Deke's Techniques showing how to reflect text in water. Since then a bunch of my buddies at have been reporting back sightings of the technique in action. (Whether the creators of these effects actually got the idea from me is very much in question.) One particularly unfortunate example has crossed my inbox so many times I figured I should just post it.

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My In-Depth and Revamped Video Series, "Photoshop CS6 One-on-One," Begins

As of the posting of this article, you have 24 hours left to download the free public beta of Photoshop CS6. So if you haven't installed it yet, drop everything you're doing and start downloading!

To acquaint yourself with the new features, check out my free Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview course at

And if you're ready for the deep dive, check out Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals, the first in what will be a four-course video series on every single aspect of Photoshop CS6, presented in the order you need to learn it. This and other of my courses will appear every four to six weeks on Read more » 

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CS6 is Here, Encased in the Creative Cloud

Yep, Adobe has officially announced CS6, and along with it, the Creative Cloud upon which it will collaboratively float. Bottom line, for $49 a month (and less if you're a long-term Adobe license holder) you can get access to the entire Creative Suite, even all those apps that you didn't know existed, let alone what they might do for you. You can watch the Adobe announcement here. During the presentation, there are some quick sneak peaks at features in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, and Dreamweaver CS6, and the second half of the show demonstrates a bunch of cool collaborative features of the Creative Cloud. (Unfortunately, you can't skip to the second half at the moment, so enjoy the celebration first or time your viewing to catch Jeff Veen's presentation during the last 20-ish minutes.) 

Update: Later in the day, our good friend John Nack wrote up the clearest, kindest run-down on Creative Cloud pricing I've seen. 

Photo by Jim Heid

If you really want to see the features of the CS6 applications, however, let me self-servingly point you to this page at, where you'll see links to all the New Features courses in which creative experts take a detailed look at each of the new features in the CS6 suite. Of course, it includes the all-free-for-now Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview course from Deke, as well as links to offerings from Friends-of-Deke: Chris Orwig (on Photoshop for Photographers), James Williamson (on Dreamweaver), Justin Seeley (on Illustrator), and Anne-Marie Concepcion (on InDesign). During the next month, you'll find that this page will populate with some more CS6 titles, including a certain One-on-One series. If you're not a member of, you can get a free 7-day trial at and you can always watch the blue-linked movies in any course Table of Contents. They're unlocked for everyone, all the time. You're welcome.  Read more » 

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This Might Be the Funniest 2D Movie Ever

I'm sure a lot of you have seen this one.

But after I posted that vagina thing, my marketing maven assured me that I should distract everyone's attention with anything, and I do mean anything, regardless of the topic.

So while Mr. Hartman's audition tape has nothing to do with Photoshop or Illustrator or anything computer graphics-related, it may well be the funniest movie ever made. Read more » 

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